Subject: [NYCGA Internet] Fwd: OWS and city top-level Internet domains
From: Ted Schulman
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:10:48 -0400
To: Internet Working Group <internet_working_group@googlegroups.com>, OWS Solutions <ows_solutions@freenetworkfoundation.org>

Hi all,

Interesting possibilities ...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Bollier <david@bollier.org>
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Subject: OWS and city top-level Internet domains
To: ted@transcoms.com, devinbalkind@gmail.com



  Dear Ted&  Devin and the Open Source Group,

   Congratulations -- and may I commend the following blog post of mine
   suggesting a strategic gambit that could serve the Occupy movement's
   long-term and short-term goals quite well: laying claim to the new
   city top-level domains for cities.

http://bollier.org/occupy-protesters-lay-claim-new-top-level-domains-cities">http://bollier.org/occupy-protesters-lay-claim-new-top-level-domains-cities

     Here are the first few paragraphs of my post:

     As the Occupy Wall Street protesters
     contemplate what's next -- and as they ponder how to combine a
     visionary agenda with achiveable, short-term political goals -- I
     have suggestion. The Occupy forces in hundreds of cities should
     petition their local governments to acquire a new top-level
     Internet domain for their city, and to manage that patch of
     cyberspace as a local commons.

     Even Internet sophisticates are not
     really tracking this issue, but the ownership and control of the
     new city TLDs could provide enormous new opportunities for
     citizens to transform their local political cultures, economies
     and everyday life.

     Top-level domains, or TLDs, are the
     suffixes at the end of Internet addresses, as in .com, .org and
     .edu. The international body that manages TLDs is called ICANN,
     for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.&nbsp; It
     recently approved a plan that will authorize cities to acquire
     their own TLDs, as in .nyc, .paris and .berlin. If properly
     constituted, the city TLDs could serve as "open greenfields for
     new local governance structures."  Unfortunately, the new city
     TLDs are not likely to serve this role if traditional city
     governments simply sell off the TLDs to private interests.&nbsp;
     Transformative governance will occur only if the TLDs are managed
     as digital commons accountable to city residents. (See a
     http://bollier.org/how-top-level-internet-domains-could-revitalize-cities-or-be-squandered"  my
       previous blog on this topic.)

       [go to
http://bollier.org/occupy-protesters-lay-claim-new-top-level-domains-cities">http://bollier.org/occupy-protesters-lay-claim-new-top-level-domains-cities
       for the rest of the blog post.]
       
     Keep up the fight, and feel free to contact me -- or better yet, Thomas Lowenhaupt -- if you wish to
     follow up.

     Best regards,
     David Bollier




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